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Feeling optimistic about the automotive market

By  Don Loepp    |    January 15, 2014 10:37 am ET    |   Comments

If you're like me, you've been reading for a while about the resurgence of the North American automotive market. But in the past week, I've had a chance to see the industry up close and personal. And I can report that it's quite an interesting and exciting market.

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Top plastics stories of 2013

By  Don Loepp    |    January 2, 2014 8:50 pm ET    |   Comments

It's countdown time — the top stories of 2013 on

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GM's new CEO, on product development (and plastics)

December 10, 2013 2:27 pm ET    |   Comments

General Motors Co.'s incoming CEO Mary Barra made history and headlines on Dec. 10 when the Detroit-based automaker named her to succeed Dan Akerson in January.

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Ford's new Mustang? Yep, it's got plastic

By  Don Loepp    |    December 5, 2013 10:00 am ET    |   Comments

Ford Motor Co. marked the 50th anniversary of its iconic Mustang sports car with a global coming out party for its newest model, timed for one minute past midnight on Dec. 5 at Ford's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters. And while the designers and engineers are talking about horsepower and heritage, there's one thing that industry insiders also know — that pony is partly plastic.

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Is ITW's industrial packaging business worth $3 billion?

By  Don Loepp    |    November 25, 2013 5:37 pm ET    |   Comments

We've known for a while that Illinois Tool Works Inc. was looking for a buyer for its industrial packaging business. Now we're getting a sense of how much the business is worth.

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Here's a peek behind the data in our 2014 ranking of North American blow molders

By  Don Loepp    |    November 18, 2013 1:02 pm ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News published its annual ranking of North American blow molders. Here are some interesting facts about the blow molding sector:

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Plastics bring Toyota and SpongeBob together at SEMA

By  Don Loepp    |    November 5, 2013 5:43 pm ET    |   Comments

Most of the concepts and limited edition cars being shown at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas boast of high performance and light weight carbon fiber composites that will help them go fast. The 800-gallon fish tank installed within a 2014 Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, is not designed for speed.

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2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition

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Hello Michigan. I'm from Ohio, but don't hold that against me...

By  Don Loepp    |    November 4, 2013 12:54 pm ET    |   Comments

For the first time since 1991, I'm in a new office. And despite what you may have heard, the good folks in Michigan can be pretty friendly to a transplant from the Buckeye state.

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